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When considering an Industry Placement as part of your Masters qualification, we understand the nature of applying for an industry project requires the appropriate support.  We offer challenging industry projects, academically reviewed, that offer an important and meaningful placement experience at the beginning of your career.

SFRA are committed to removing barriers for both Industry Partner and Students to achieving a challenging and rewarding placement experience.

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Dr John Taylor
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Hymans Robertson

Chairperson: Dr John Taylor

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Hymans Robertson

Prior to joining Hymans Robertson, John spent most of his career in executive level roles with a variety of product providers, including as Managing Director at NEST.
After gaining a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics from The University of Glasgow, he started his career as a trainee actuary at Standard Life in 1994. Since qualifying as an actuary, John has focused on marketing and distribution in pensions, savings and insurance.

John is a partner at Hymans Robertson LLP, based in their Edinburgh office, and is working in what’s commonly described as “robo–advice”. In essence, this involves making actuarial modelling accessible and meaningful to consumers as they seek to understand financial choices open to them.


Graeme Jones
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Director: Graeme Jones

Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) Chief Executive

Graeme Jones was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2016.

Graeme’s role focuses strongly on working across the SFE membership to understand the industry’s diverse needs and external influences which shape the choices of its customers. Working with the membership, other industry bodies and partners, Graeme represents the needs and views of the industry to governments and regulators in Scotland, London and Brussels.

Before joining SFE, Graeme has held a number of senior posts in some of the UK’s largest financial services organisations. His most recent post was Senior Partner – Banking and Financial Services at Experian and prior to this he has held the posts of; Head of Distribution for Aviva, Head of Regulated Sales at RBS Group and Manager of Strategy and Operations at Standard Life.

Graeme is a graduate of Aberdeen University, is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurer.

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